A Quick Look At The Color And Monochrome Laser Brother HL-4040CN Printer

by erin on May 31, 2011

The Brother HL-4040CN printer is flexible enough for installation at home or in a small workplace. It’s a fast performer, able to churn out both color and monochrome prints. Because it employs laser technology, it’s possible to enjoy documents with professional quality while keeping the prints per page cost to a minimum.

Workhorse Processor

Inside it is a 300MHz NEC VR5500 processor. This allows this workhorse to dish out up to 21 color and monochrome pages every minute. It only takes 16 to 17 seconds for the first page to be ejected. However, these speeds are still affected by a few factors. They include the computer’s configuration and the amount of text or graphics the document contains. From sleep mode, warm up time takes 33 seconds, while it takes 37 seconds from power on. With such, you can get to the task at hand right away to meet your deadlines.


Texts come clean and sharp while graphics come detailed, thanks to the 2400 x 600 dpi (dots per inch) resolution used. It’s good enough to yield professional-looking documents for use at home or in a small workplace. Brochures, reports, presentations and others end up impressively produced as expected from a laser.

Media Capacity

Media handling capacity present allows you to be more productive. You may use either the standard paper tray (250-sheet capacity) or the multi-purpose tray (50-sheet capacity). Media types supported are regular paper, bond paper, labels and envelopes. Media sizes compatible with the standard paper tray include letter, legal, executive, B6, B5, A6 and A5. Other than these sizes, the multi-purpose tray can also work on custom ones (2.75 x 4.57 inches to 8.5 x 14.0 inches).


A 64MB memory comes pre-installed, although it may be upgraded to as high as 512MB for handling more complicated tasks. Such is possible thanks to the 144-pin S0-DIMM memory slot available. The printer language included (PCL 6) comes with as many as 12 bitmap fonts, 66 scalable fonts and 13 bar codes.


Having the machine shared by everyone in a network is a cinch with the built-in 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet port. For use with a single computer, there’s the hi-speed USB dock available. With the use of this dock, you may also print PDF and JPEG files found in a USB flash drive, without the need to use a computer. Further, by plugging in a PictBridge-compatible digital camera, you may directly print photos found in it.

Starter Toner

Bundled with the machine upon purchase are starter toners (black, yellow, cyan and magenta). The black toner can yield as many as 2500 pages with 5 percent coverage, while the rest can yield as many as 1500 pages each with 5 percent coverage. Genuine Brother toners may be obtained both from land-based and online printer consumables sellers.

Form Factor

The form factor of the Brother HL-4040CN printer has a dimension of 16.5 x 18.7 x 12.5 inches (width x depth x height) and it tips the scale at 64.2 pounds. Features such as watermark, ID, easily changed toner, booklet, date and time, and N-in-1 printing make this machine an indispensable home and small workplace tool. There’s also a three-color back-lit LCD and well-organized buttons to simplify the operation of this laser machine, conveniently located on the top panel for easy access.

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